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Vera C. Rubin Observatory

Named after American astronomer Vera C. Rubin and nearing completion in Chile, Rubin Observatory will soon begin an ambitious 10-year survey of the southern sky

About Rubin Observatory

With an 8.4-meter mirror and the largest camera ever built for astronomy and astrophysics, Vera C. Rubin Observatory will capture the cosmos in exquisite detail and help answer some of our biggest questions about the Universe.

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The car-sized LSST Camera is lifted above the floor inside Rubin Observatory, surrounded by about 8 people in construction protective clothing. The camera looks like a super-sized version of the lens portion of a handheld DSLR or similar, with a 5.5-foot diameter lens caps displaying the Rubin and SLAC National Lab logos.
Press Release

LSST Camera Arrives at Rubin Observatory in Chile, Paving the Way for Cosmic Exploration

May 22, 2024
The largest camera ever built for astrophysics has completed the long journey from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California to the summit of Cerro Pachón in Chile, where it will soon help unlock the Universe’s mysteries
Scientific Event

Rubin Community Workshop 2024

July 22, 2024 - July 26, 2024
We invite members of the Rubin science community to join Rubin staff at the 2024 Rubin Community Workshop for a busy week of networking and sharing information. The meeting will be July 22-26 at SLAC in Menlo Park, CA, with all sessions available for virtual participation.

Science goals

Discover the key science areas where Rubin Observatory will advance astronomy and astrophysics.

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Rubin Observatory is a feat of engineering, from its one-of-a-kind combined primary/tertiary mirror to the car-sized LSST Camera. Explore the technological innovations making Rubin science possible.

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